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Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: “I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.” But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.” I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

-Luke 18:10-14

Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

-Romans 3:23

God gave Jesus to die for our sins, and he raised him to life, so that we would be made acceptable to God.

-Romans 4:25

If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won't be punished.

-Romans 8:1

If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.

-1 Corinthians 15:17

You will be saved, if you honestly say, "Jesus is Lord," and if you believe with all your heart that God raised him from death.

-Romans 10:9

To discuss during the week with your family, Life Group, or Campus.

1. Gilbert shared his near-death experience. What’s the closest to death you’ve ever come? How did that change you?

2. Look again at the story of the tax collector and Pharisee in Luke 18:10-14. What stands out to you in this story? Who do you most relate with?

3. Why is the resurrection of Jesus so important?

4. What else stood out to you in this message?

5. What next step is Jesus asking you to take as a result of this